15 Fun States in the U.S. To Add to Your Bucket List

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It’s true, we all have a different idea of what fun is, but you can’t help having a good time in some states, no matter who you are. The best states visitors love the most have a mixture of outdoor activities, good food, people, and notable venues and local attractions. Take a look at some of the most fun states in the U.S.

1. California

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Even though many visitors don’t enjoy the tourist spots, California has much to offer elsewhere. There’s Joshua Tree, the Pacific Coast, wine country, and excellent cuisine throughout the state. 

2. Tennessee

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Some of the friendliest people come from Tennessee. So aside from friendly locals, you’ll find a mixture of urban settings plus beautiful outdoor activities along the Smoky Mountains. 

3. Washington

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Tucked in the uppermost corner of the Pacific Northwest, Washington has a bit of everything. It’s a fabulous location for outdoor fun, camping, and hiking. Ocean lovers can also get their water fix in, too. 

4. Arizona

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Fans of the desert love spending time in Arizona. From The Grand Canyon to picturesque Sedona, there is no shortage of sweeping landscapes across the Southwest.

5. Colorado

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The Rocky Mountains attract tons of visitors each year, and Colorado is the destination to see it. People love exploring surrounding lakes and campgrounds or spending the weekend horseback riding. 

6. Hawai’i

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There is something special about Hawai’i. The culture, people, history, and food are unique to the islands you won’t find anywhere else. Don’t forget the countless outdoor activities—on land or by sea. 

7. Texas

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With several major cities in Texas, tourists can enjoy dining at well-loved restaurants and seeing notable landmarks throughout the state. Many historical sites, like The Alamo and Mission Dolores, also tell part of Texan history.

8. Oregon

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Much like Washington, Oregon has a healthy balance of outdoor activities and local museums, restaurants, and venues. Portland is just a few hours from the mountains and ocean, so you can get up to almost anything on your next visit. 

9. Massachusetts

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Home of the Red Sox and New Kids On The Block, Massachusetts is a great place to find entertainment– sports, music, theater, or art. There are also numerous historical landmarks and sites to explore, from Boston Harbor to Plymouth Rock. 

10. Alaska

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There may be no better place to experience the wilderness than in Alaska. Visitors also love meeting locals and Indigenous people to learn about their culture and way of life. The wildlife in Alaska is also one-of-a-kind. 

11. New York

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You can indeed have a lot of fun in New York City. Visitors can choose from Broadway, Times Square, and the Statue of Liberty, to name a few. But make sure to take advantage of other destinations like the Adirondacks or Watkins Glen State Park. There are many parks and scenic towns throughout the state. 

12. South Carolina

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South Carolina offers visitors a peak into Southern-style living, complete with genuine hospitality from locals. With more than 1,400 historic homes in Charleston alone, South Carolina is a top pick for history buffs. 

13. Illinois

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Chicago is a hub for travelers passing through the Prairie State, with 5-star cuisine, theaters, museums, and numerous landmarks. You will find seasonal activities outside the city, like pumpkin patches during autumn and ziplining in summer.

14. Florida

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Florida is home to some of the best attractions in the country: Disney World, Universal Studios, and the Kennedy Space Center. As a coastal state, there are numerous beaches, national parks, and wildlife areas to explore—as long as you can stand the humidity!

15. Washington, D.C

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Although technically not a state, we had to include our nation’s capital as this list. The National Mall and Memorial Parks alone feature several landmarks, public parks, and memorials significant to our history. 

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Zaida Marston